MAY DAY MAY DAY MAY DAY by Rupert Loydell

I want to explain
I have just chaired a meeting

I called this for reason
as we face whatever happens next

I believe stability and strong leadership
would have been essential

I want to regain control
It’s all about me

I look to the future
will let myself continue to govern

We need me now
My confidence remains high

I will lead this country
into immediate economic danger

I want to spread our new industrial strategy
a disastrous policy for our country

I will take control of our laws
of our money     So I no longer pay

There is no turning back
attacks are in my thoughts today

I will target innocents
on a fictional mandate

I do not seek to fudge this issue
let it spiral out of control

We will continue to support military action
and prevent the spread of human rights

I don’t do solidarity, humanity and justice,
and will gossip about people over lunch

I don’t defend our common values
I am not the will of the people

I am confident I can deliver
it is ordinary working people who will pay

I will attack our democracy
starting with bigotry and hatred

But that is not the limit of my ambition
London is leaving Britain on Saturday evening

I am shutting the strong and stable door
now my horse has bolted

I am determined
I am absolutely clear in my own mind

I is what I will do
This is what strong leadership is about


Theresa May remixed by Rupert Loydell


Rupert Loydell is the editor of Stride, and a contributing editor to International times. He has many books of poems out and is also an abstract painter, publisher and editor. Shearsman recently published Dear Mary, a book of poems about art, Italy, colour and annunciation.

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